Small Business Development

Many Southwest Alaska communities lack the economic advantages of larger urban centers- solid population base, accessible infrastructure, funding opportunities- needed to support typical small business ventures.

However, there are a number of entrepreneurs who contribute to the local economies of the SWAMC area. Multiple general stores, cargo services, fueling stations, taxi services, restaurants, cafes, and retail opportunities are located throughout the region. The tourism industry is also opening many doors to small business developments for Southwest Alaskans.

SWAMC hopes to promote more workshops, trainings, and guidance programs take place in the region to assist with business plans and other small business operations.


Helpful Links for Small Business Operators

The IRS has some useful information for small business owners and entrepreneurs to help with tax forms, along with news related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka, the stimulus bill) . 

IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center

This section offers a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies, as well as industry/profession specific information for self-employed entrepreneurs, employers and businesses.

IRS Small Business Video and Audio Presentations

These short presentations are dedicated to helping your small business. In addition to these video and audio presentations, please visit the Small Business Tax Workshop Video page for instructional lessons. 

IRS Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Congress has approved and the President has signed new economic recovery legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The IRS is implementing tax-related provisions of this new program as quickly as possible.  This page contains information on the key highlights, as well as a few general questions and answers regarding the new recovery package.  More information on these and other provisions of the recovery program will be available on this Web page as it becomes available.